Niall Horan UK tour 2018: all you need to know and latest news
It seems not one week goes by without another One Directioner going solo...
This time, it’s ‘Slow Hands’ singer Niall Horan’s turn to take the spotlight with the ‘Flicker World Tour’ - including six venues across the UK in 2018.
Here’s everything we know about Niall Horan's tour and new album ‘Flicker’.
Niall Horan ‘Flicker World Tour’ - cities and dates
After the success of the ‘Flicker Sessions’ - a short series of dates mostly in the US - Horan announced a full world tour for 2018 in support of his new album ‘Flicker’. The Irish star will take his one-man show across the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia, Latin America and the United States.
Delighted to bring the Flicker World Tour to the U.K, Ireland & Europe ! pic.twitter.com/jNaA2JsWm0
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) 6 October 2017
After Niall's Dublin show at 3Arena sold out in minutes, the 'Too Much to Ask' singer added an extra concert in the Irish capital on March 29.
Here' the full list of cities and dates for Niall Horan's UK and Europe tour.
- County Kerry - INEC (Ireland), March 10
- Dublin - 3Arena (Ireland), March 12
- Belfast - The SSE Arena (Ireland) - March 13
- Manchester - O2 Apollo (England, UK) - March 15
- Manchester - O2 Apollo (England, UK) - March 16
- Glasgow - SEC Armadillo (Scotland, UK) - March 18
- Glasgow - SEC Armadillo (Scotland, UK) - March 19
- London - O2 Academy Brixton (England, UK) - March 22
- Cardiff - Motorpoint Arena (Wales, UK) - March 24
- Bournemouth - BIC (England, UK) - March 26
- Brighton Centre (England, UK) - March 27
- Dublin - 3Arena (Ireland) - March 29
Horan’s Europe dates will be supported by ‘Issues’ singer Julia Michaels.
A global demand for more Niall Horan concerts led to the singer announcing a further four 2018 tour dates in Asia: the Philippines, Singapore and Japan.
Philippines , Japan and Singapore , I am bringing my Flicker world Tour to you next year ! pic.twitter.com/I7sa9qWWXT
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) 26 October 2017
The announcement made a lot of Asian fans very happy, but social media comments reveal there is a clear demand for the singer to announce dates in Poland as well, suggesting there could be more Europe and UK tour announcements to come...
Niall Horan’s new album ‘Flicker’: tracklist and everything else
Before the release of ‘Flicker’, Horan revealed the complete tracklist for the album:
- On the Loose
- This Town
- Seeing Blind
- Slow Hands
- Too Much to Ask
- Paper Houses
- Since We're Alone
- Fire Away
- You and Me
Horan said the album’s style was a departure from One Direction - who broke up in 2015 - citing classic rock and folk bands like Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles and Crosby, Stills and Nash as big influences.
He told Entertainment Weekly, "Whenever I would pick up a guitar, I would always naturally play chords like that and finger pick a lot and play that folky kind of style."
The first single to be released for the album was ‘This Town’ back in September 2016. The track made it into the UK top ten singles chart, with some critics comparing his new sound to the likes of Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel.
'Slow Hands' was the second single from the album. It performed better in the charts than its predecessor, reaching number one the US Mainstream Top 40 chart and number seven in the UK. The song was co-written by Tobia Jesso Jr, whose previous work includes ‘When We Were Young’ by Adele.
The third single from ‘Flicker’ was ‘Too Much To Ask’. The ballad was well-received by both fans and critics.
Niall later dropped a new lyric video for the new album's title track 'On The Loose'...
UPDATE: ...before the official promo arrived.
In the new 'On The Loose' video, Horan wanders in the desert as a free-spirited young woman dances.
Prior to the release of 'Flicker', Horan posted a couple of teasers for some of the new album's tracks.
The first was 'Fire Away', which is track nine on the album. It's a laid back track with a catchy guitar riff. Fans praised Horan's vocals on the short clip.
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) October 16, 2017
The next was the album's opening track 'On The Loose', a more upbeat song. The clip reveals less of Horan's vocals than the previous one and drove impatient fans mad with anticipation.
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) October 17, 2017
Ahead of the release of 'Flicker', Horan posted a teaser for a short film that dropped with the new album. The trailer gives a little insight into Horan's solo career and what we can expect from the new record.
The singer said, "I'm ready to go out there and show how proud of the album I am."
He added of the album's lyrics, "I've actually matured a bit. I'm writing about some young fella from Ireland, from an adult's point of view."
And Niall is already talking about his follow-up album.
The star revealed he'll start writing the next record while on tour and will even start practising on the road.
He told Daily Star, “I’m touring next year. I’ll tour this record now, but I’d say over the course of the year I’ll start writing. With jamming at sound checks and things like that, things always come up – little riffs and bits and pieces.”
While this makes a One Direction reunion look unlikely, the singer also revealed he'll be spending time in the studio with his support act Julia Michaels in 2018.
Stay tuned to LineUp for the latest news on Niall Horan’s tour in 2018 and updates on his follow-up to ‘Flicker’.